HNK 10" Chef
HNK 10" Chef
Peter Henckels started Zwilling in 1731. Henckels is one of the most well known cutlery manufacturers the world over for good reason. This 10" Henckels chef is from the late 20th century. The blade is robust but thin enough for clean cuts and detail work with a slightly forward balance. One unique feature of this knife is the bolster (swell of steel behind the cutting edge). The bolster is large and slightly rounded making the knife very comfortable to handle. The bolster almost cradles the middle finger when used with a traditional pinch grip. You won't want to use a knife that doesn't feel good in the hand. You're going to want to use this one.
Carbon steel can rust if neglected. To avoid corrosion and rust, be sure to wash and dry your knife immediately after use. Leaving moisture or acidic material on the blade will cause corrosion. Every carbon steel knife will develop a patina, which is healthy. The patina helps protect the knife and will look grey/blue in color. Yellow or orange is rust or corrosion. While carbon steel may require a little more care compared to a stainless knife, the benefits of extreme sharpness, edge retention and ease of edge maintenance are worth the extra attention.